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Grand Reopening Celebration


Celebrate The Columbus Museum's grand reopening! With open sightlines, natural light, and renewed connections to the Bradley Olmsted Garden, the Museum will showcase reimagined history and art galleries, an interactive children’s gallery and garden, a welcoming public courtyard, a new grab-and-go café, and more. Discover exciting new acquisitions by artists Nick Cave, John Singleton Copley, Jacob Lawrence, Charles Bird King, and more. Explore special reopening exhibitions and loans on view including works by Andy Warhol, Amy Sherald, Elaine de Kooning, Alma Thomas, John Singer Sargent, and more. With so much to see and do, immerse yourself in this revitalized cultural destination! 

Schedule of Public Events:
Reopening Gala
Friday, April 26 | 6 – 11 P.M.
Members - $175 per person; Non-Members - $225 per person*; Under 35 - $195*
*includes one annual Supporting Level Museum Membership
Event details below

Public Grand Reopening Weekend
Saturday, May 4 | 10 A.M. – 10 P.M.
Sunday, May 5 | 1 – 5 P.M.

Free for the Public
Event details below

Preview Experiences:

Member Family Day
Sunday, April 28 | 1 – 5 P.M.
Free for Members
Members and their families are invited to an afternoon of fun and interactive activities, including an exclusive preview of the new Children's Gallery and Garden.

Museum on Tour Passport Day
Wednesday, May 1 | 4 – 8 P.M.
Free for Museum on Tour Participants
Participants with two (2) or more Museum on Tour passport stickers are invited for a sneak peek of the Museum.

Member Preview Night
Thursday, May 2 | 4 – 8 P.M.
Free for Members
Members can enjoy an intimate open house of the Museum, featuring tours of the updated gallery spaces.


Reopening Gala

Friday, April 26
6 – 11 P.M.
Members - $175 per person; Non-Members - $225 per person*; Under 35 - $195*

Members and friends are invited to an exclusive evening celebration offering a first look at the reimagined Museum. Indulge in culinary delights from Dennis Dean Catering, a premier Atlanta-based catering company known for over a decade of creative, high-quality cuisine.

Immerse yourself in exceptional musical performances that will have you on your feet! Okorie “OkCello” Johnson is an American cellist-songwriter whose artistry integrates cello performance, live-sound-looping, improvisation, and storytelling - all culminating in original compositions that collide classical with jazz, EDM, reggae, and funk. Okorie has performed and recorded with major celebrated artists such as India Arie, De La Soul, and Big Boi of OutKast, amongst many others.

1 More Song Band features exceptional vocalists, high-energy choreography, and a dynamic rhythm section. From pop and hip-hop to Motown and swing, these talented musicians are sure to bring the energy and fun to keep the dance floor hopping.

*Ticket price includes one annual Supporting Level Museum Membership. Membership offers unique benefits that enrich your Museum experience including:

  • Invitations to exclusive members-only exhibition openings, member events, and Museum trips
  • Complimentary or special rates for programs, events, and classes
  • Early registration for select programs and classes, including summer camps
  • FREE admission to over 200 museums in the Southeastern United States through SERM (the Southeastern Reciprocal Membership Program)
  • 10% off in the Museum Shop


Public Grand Reopening Weekend

Saturday, May 4, 10 A.M.  10 P.M.
Sunday, May 5, 1 – 5 P.M.
Free for the Public

The public is invited to a free weekend celebrating the reimagined Columbus Museum and the area’s vibrant cultural scene. The weekend kicks off at 10 A.M. on Saturday, May 4 with a celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by two days of nonstop fun and interactive programming and activities for visitors. Highlights include artistic docent-led tours, a mystery scavenger hunt, collaborative art making, children’s story time, food trucks, giveaways, and a Saturday night silent disco.

Enjoy performances by local artists from the Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts, Springer Theater Academy, Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus, Columbus State University Schwob School of Music, and many more.